Outlook celebrated its 68th year as an independent student publication this past Saturday, Nov. 11. Throughout its lifetime, the newspaper has produced content that has helped build and construct its identity as a form produced not only by the students, but for them, too.
However, Outlook has not been free of setbacks and obstacles over the years.
In 1971, engineering and architecture students burned Outlook on campus in an act of demonstration towards a certain article that was published. They cited “misreporting” by the Outlook team as one of the motives behind their actions, and aimed to portray their disdain and disapproval towards the paper by publicly setting it alight.
The notorious 1974 student protests resulted in Outlook’s suspension for the remainder of that academic year, meaning that members of the publication could not proceed with their duties as student journalists, and could no longer offer news and updates to the AUB community.
This September, we missed one week of publication – which had not occurred since the 1990s – due to certain issues and disputes with the administration. Our board, writers, and creative team all felt the ripple effect of this decision, which subsequently affected our performance and service to the AUB student body at large. Tensions were high, and remained so for a relatively long while.
And yet, despite all these shortcomings, we persist as an entity whose voice extends beyond AUB’s borders. We continue in the footsteps of our predecessors, and keep the legacy alive for another year.
It truly amazes me that year after year, decade after decade, students are willing to dedicate their time and effort to such an unforgiving but immensely rewarding task, which relies on vigorous work and highly stressful situations.
You’re worth all the blood, sweat, and tears, Outlook.
One year older and one year wiser, I hope.